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Test Code VAGW Vaginal Microscopic Examination


Direct Microscopic Examination

Performing Laboratory

Munson Healthcare Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Specimen must arrive within 12 hours of collection.


Vaginal discharge should be collected by dipping 2 swabs into the fluid that collects in the posterior fornix of the vagina. Immediately place the swabs into Diamond’s media. Forward promptly at ambient temperature.

Note: 1. Specimens submitted in saline are acceptable if they are examined immediately.

2. Specimens submitted on a transport swab are acceptable for detection of yeast and Gardnerella by Gram stain, but are not acceptable for Trichomonas examination.

Reference Values

Negative for yeast

Negative for Trichomonas

Negative for bacterial vaginosis

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding